Michael Clarke (cricketer)
Michael Clarke Personal information Full name Michael John Clarke Born 2 April 1981
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Pup, Clarkey Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Batting style Right-hand Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox Role Batsman, Australian Captain International information National side Australia Test debut (cap 389) 6 October 2004 v India Last Test 17 November 2011 v South Africa ODI debut (cap 149) 19 January 2003 v England Last ODI 28 October 2011 v South Africa ODI shirt no. 23 Domestic team information Years Team 2000– New South Wales 2004 Hampshire Career statistics Competition Test ODI FC List A Matches 74 206 136 271 Runs scored 5,122 6,622 9,482 8,440 Batting average 46.14 45.35 44.93 42.84 100s/50s 16/21 6/49 32/37 7/63 Top score 168 130 201* 130 Balls bowled 1,794 2,314 2,974 3,010 Wickets 23 52 34 77 Bowling average 37.47 37.67 45.58 32.40 5 wickets in innings 1 1 1 1 10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0 Best bowling 6/9 5/35 6/9 5/35 Catches/stumpings 78/– 80/– 137/– 104/– Source: Cricinfo, 22 November 2011
Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He was appointed captain of the Test and ODI teams on 30 March 2011. Nicknamed 'Pup', he is a right-handed batsman, and occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. Clarke was also stand-in captain for the final Test of the 2010–11 Ashes series.
Clarke was chosen to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004, despite having a first-class average below 40. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian batsmen such as Doug Walters and Mark Waugh. The innings, felt Peter Roebuck, was especially notable for its aggression and freedom. "Not that the assault was reckless," he added. "Indeed the control was impressive. Clarke calculated the risks and took his brains with him down the track. Of course he need [sic] a bit of luck, was plumb in front in the nineties, but few begrudged him his hundred. And everyone except his weary foes celebrated with him and his tearful family when he reached three figures. After all, he had advanced both the match and the game."
Clarke went on to play a major part in Australia's 2–1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years, contributing figures of 6 for 9 off 6.2 overs in the Fourth Test, which Australia lost.
On his return to Australia he made another debut century, his first home Test in Brisbane against New Zealand, becoming one of the few Test cricketers to have achieved the feat of Test centuries on both their home and away debuts.
In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005.
Clarke's poor form during the 2005 Ashes series and his failure to score a test century for over a year saw him dropped from the Test team in late 2005. Clarke had previously remarked that one of his career aims was to never be dropped from the Test team. In early 2006, after making his first first-class double century and scoring heavily in ODIs, Clarke was recalled for the tour of South Africa. He was then picked over Andrew Symonds for the April 2006 Tests against Bangladesh. Two consecutive centuries in the second and third Ashes Tests while Shane Watson was injured helped Australia to regain the Ashes and cemented Clarke's position in the Test team.
Clarke then helped Australia retain the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. After Damien Martyn's retirement he was elevated to number 5 in the batting line up. He had a superb tournament making 4 fifties including a 92 and a 93* against the Netherlands and South Africa. He also made an unbeaten 60 against South Africa in the semi final to guide Australia into the final at Barbados, against Sri Lanka.
Clarke faced only 4 balls for 3 runs in the ICC World Twenty20, when Australia were knocked out by India in the semi final. Two weeks later he made 130 against India in the first of a 7 match ODI series. He did not maintain that form in the remaining 6 matches mustering up just one fifty. He opened the batting in the final 2 games after a hip injury ruled out Matthew Hayden and he made two golden ducks. In the tour-ending Twenty20 match Clarke dropped back down the order with the return of Hayden, and scored 25 not out in a heavy defeat to the current Twenty20 world champions.
On 9 November 2007, Clarke notched up his fifth Test century against Sri Lanka in a two Test series. Clarke shared a 245 run partnership with Mike Hussey at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hussey departed on 133 but Clarke went on and had a partnership with Symonds who made 53*, the pair were unbeaten when Ricky Ponting declared the innings, Clarke top scoring with 145 not out.
On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth, after deciding to rest Ponting and Hayden.
On 6 January 2008, Clarke dismissed Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in the second last over of the day, with just 8 minutes remaining, to claim the final three wickets and win the test match for Australia (at one stage he was on a hat trick, dismissing Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh on consecutive deliveries). His innings figures were 3 for 5 in 1.5 overs. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had declared that morning, setting India a total of 333 to chase and allowing Australia arguably too little time to bowl out the visitors. Clarke's wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equalling 16 match win streak alive.
After the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, in April 2008 Clarke was named vice-captain of the Australian side. Clarke missed the start of Australia's 2008 tour of the West Indies following the death of Bingle's father, meaning Hussey took over as vice-captain for the start of the tour. Soon after Clarke joined up with the squad, he scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won, in the absence through injury of Ponting.
He was named man of the series in the recent two-Test series against New Zealand in Australia with scores of 110, 98 and 10, as well as being the top run-scorer in the three-Test series against South Africa in Australia.
Clarke won the 2009 Allan Border Medal in a tie with Ricky Ponting both scoring 41 points, and was named Test Cricketer of the Year.
In October 2009, Clarke was named as captain of Australia's Twenty20 side, taking over from the retired Ricky Ponting.
In January 2011, Clarke was named as stand-in captain for the fifth Test of the 2010-11 Ashes Series at the SCG, replacing the injured Ricky Ponting. He announced his retirement from Twenty20 International cricket on 7 January 2011, to concentrate on the longer forms of the game.
Clarke was formerly engaged to model Lara Bingle. During the Australian Cricket tour of New Zealand in March 2010, Clarke left the tour to return to Sydney for "personal reasons" after Bingle decided to sue her former lover Brendan Fevola for disseminating naked pictures of her, which ended up in a women's magazine. A couple of days later, it was reported that Clarke had ended his relationship and cancelled his wedding to Lara Bingle. Clarke's management confirmed the couple had decided to terminate their engagement in a late night press conference on 12 March 2010..
- Clarke's previous highest Test batting score of 151 was made against India on his Test debut in Bangalore, 2004–05. He then made 141 against New Zealand in November 2004 on his debut on home-soil at the Gabba (Brisbane, Australia). He became the only Australian to ever score a century on both home and away debuts.
- Clarke's highest test score of 168 against New Zealand 2009–10 in Wellington.
- His best Test bowling figures of 6 for 9 (6.2) came against India, Mumbai, 2004–05.
- His first Ashes century came in December 2006, when he hit 124 at the Adelaide Oval to help Australia to victory.
- Dismissed India's last three batsman out in five balls on the fifth day of the 2nd Test against India 6 /1/2008.
- He won Australian Man of the Series in the 2009 Ashes Series. He was nominated by England team director Andy Flower for his "excellent batting".
- He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March, 2011.
- Clarke's highest ODI batting score of 130 was made against India, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, 2007
- His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 35 came against Sri Lanka, at Dambulla, 2003–04
- He was the captain of Australia for the 2009 One Dayers as well as Twenty20 matches vs England
- He was named full-time one-day and test captain of Australia on 29 March, 2011.
One-Day International centuries
One Day International Match Centuries of Michael Clarke # Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year 1 105* 28 Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2004 2 103* 40 Pakistan Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2004 3 130 113 India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007 4 100* 155 Pakistan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2009 5 111 179 India Visakhapatnam, India ACA-VDCA Stadium 2010 6 101 196 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium 2011
- Roebuck, Peter. "Pup's a brand new dog." Cricinfo. 1 October 2008.  (accessed 28 October 2008).
- Daniel Brettig. "It's now about gaining respect as a leader" Interview Cricinfo. [18 April, 2011. http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/511298.html]
- ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/30/3177497.htm
- ^ Roebuck 2008.
- ^ Noffke Drafted In, Clarke Named Captain for Twenty20
- ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/cricket/clarke-gets-vice-captain-role/story-e6frey50-1111115946279
- ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/current/story/495742.html
- ^ Nicholls, Sean & Mahar, Jessica (11 March 2010) "Clarke and Bingle over, says friend" Sydney Morning Herald Accessed 12 March 2010
- ^ Aus vs India 1st Test 2004
- ^ Aus vs NZ 1st Test 2004/05
- ^ Aus vs India 4th Test 2004
- ^ Aus vs England 2nd Test 2006
- ^ Aus vs India 2nd Test 2007/08
- Official Michael Clarke website
- Cricinfo profile on Michael Clarke
- HowSTAT! statistical profile on Michael Clarke
Allan Border Medal winner
Allan Border Medal winner
with Ricky Ponting
Australian national cricket captain (T20I)
Australian Test cricket captains
Australian One-Day International cricket captains
Australian batsmen with a Test batting average above 50Minimum 20 innings. Current players are listed in italics. Batsmen with a ODI batting average above 40 Australia England India New ZealandGlenn Turner (47.00) Pakistan South Africa West Indies IrelandPaul Stirling (40.87) the NetherlandsRyan ten Doeschate (67.00)Minimum 20 innings. Current players are listed in Bold. New South Wales Cricket Team – current squad
4 Bollinger · 8 Hazlewood · 9 Copeland · 10 Clark · 15 Casson · 17 Watson · 18 Khawaja · 19 Smith · 20 Nevill · 21 Henriques · 22 Hughes · 23 Jaques · 24 Haddin · 27 Cummins · 31 Warner · 37 Katich · 43 Hauritz · 53 Maddinson · 56 Starc · 58 Lee · 63 Clarke · 72 O'Keefe · 86 Cockley · 99 Rohrer · Abbott · Bills · Brain · van der Gugten · Zampa ·Coach: Stuart
Current national cricket captains1 Australia Bangladesh England India New Zealand Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka West Indies Zimbabwe1only teams with full member status are listed Australia squad – 2007 Cricket World Cup (4th title) Australia squad – 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Semi-Finalists8 Clark · 14 Ponting (c) · 17 Hodge · 18 Gilchrist · 23 Clarke · 25 Johnson · 28 Hayden · 29 Hilfenhaus · 31 Hogg · 33 Watson · 48 Hussey · 57 Haddin · 58 Lee · 59 Bracken · 63 Symonds ·
Shaun Tait was named in the original squad but was later ruled out after elbow surgery; he was replaced by Ben Hilfenhaus.
Australia squad – 2009 ICC World Twenty207 White · 10 Siddle · 14 Ponting (c) · 20 Hilfenhaus · 23 Clarke · 25 Johnson · 29 D. Hussey · 31 Warner · 33 Watson · 39 Hopes · 43 Hauritz · 48 M. Hussey · 57 Lee · 58 Haddin · 59 Bracken · Coach: Nielsen
Andrew Symonds was named in the original squad but later withdrew; he was replaced by Cameron White.
Australia squad – 2010 ICC World Twenty20 (runners-up) Australia squad – 2011 Cricket World Cup7 Cameron White · 11 Dirk Nannes · 12 Callum Ferguson · 14 Ricky Ponting (c) · 18 Jason Krejza · 23 Michael Clarke · 25 Mitchell Johnson · 29 David Hussey · 32 Shaun Tait · 33 Shane Watson · 36 Tim Paine (wk) · 41 John Hastings · 48 Michael Hussey · 49 Steven Smith · 57 Brad Haddin (wk) · 58 Brett Lee · Coach: Tim Nielsen
Michael Hussey and Nathan Hauritz were replaced due to injury by Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza respectively. Doug Bollinger was injured and replaced by Michael Hussey. Dirk Nannes joined the squad as a backup bowler.
2011–12 Cricket Australia contracted players
2 Hughes · 4 Bollinger · 7 White (c) · 9 Marsh · 10 Siddle · 12 Ferguson · 14 Ponting · 18 Krejza · 20 Hilfenhaus · 22 Doherty · 23 Clarke (c) · 25 Johnson · 29 D. Hussey · 33 Watson · 36 Paine (†) · 41 Hastings · 43 Hauritz · 44 Pattinson · 45 Harris · 48 M. Hussey · 49 Smith · 57 Haddin (†) · 58 Lee ·89 Khawaja · N/A Cummins
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